02 May 2015

Alea {Sr 2015}



One variable that determines how successful a session will be is the location. Okay, maybe a huge variable in the scheme of things!!
I haven't even thought about our old Cole homestead for a session before, but I miraculously thought of it when I knew that Alea would have to do the session in Missouri instead of Kansas. It was such an artistic location and even had some extra props that were so appropriate for a senior (you'll understand when you see it!)









Okay, so the homestead is now surrounded by an electric fence and my Uncle's cows roam freely around it. Great! ....expect I was in the whole photo zone and backed up into a fresh cow pie! Good thing I was wearing some old kicks!













This! was back in an old open barn. A bunch of old school desks! Perfect little retro school feel. 







A beautiful mess... in my humble opinion ;)







Kendra was so awesome to have along! She held the reflector for me and provided me with snacks since I hadn't eaten a thing since noon. (A real life saver!!) ;)

-MarLeahJoy




27 April 2015

Post Wedding Shoot


After the wedding last Saturday we headed to Billy and Julie's house where she wanted me to get a picture of Billy carrying her over the threshold of their house. We passed this field of canola on the way so we headed back there after we met the newlyweds at their house. 

Ranelle got what she calls her "signature pose" with her arms up in the air, and she got some of me too, so we were both happy! :)




(signature pose) ;)








A jump or two for finishing another wedding without too many casualties ;)


-MarLeahJoy

26 April 2015

I'll take it all and be Thankful!


Saturdays are still my favorites even when I have to work in the morning. 
Actually, I think I enjoy my Saturday a little more on the days that I have to work because it forces me to get up and take (what I like to consider) an easy morning drive in the bug with the sun in my face. 
Yesterday, in particular, I felt happier than a bird on the sunny drive to work in the morning. 

When I got home, we worked on stripping old wallpaper and I even got Amy to come over and help us. Before we knew it, we were outside planting okra, beans, tomatoes, etc. in our garden. 

The rest of our evening was filled with hanging out on hammocks.







Since we live in the valley, we lost all the sunlight on our roof deck. So we packed up the trusty hammock that ties up between trees and we hopped in the car to chase the sunset.


It was more of an adventure than a relaxing time, but that's always better anyway!





Me, Amy, and Kiki



They kept making me laugh with their silliness. smh. ;)


The next four pictures is a sequence of me running from the camera and tripod to the girls 








My favorite right here ^^ :) This was after we raised the hammock three times because once we got all of us in there we were nearly dragging the ground. :P



This was a little rough to get all our feet in the big boat. And I seriously felt like we were surely going to break it at this point!



We didn't sleep out here, but we wanted to so bad!! I could have just hung out there and watched the stars and nature for hours.

After the sun went down, we went back to the car and I reached for my phone... and it wasn't anywhere. So we had to take another trek through the field to find my phone even though Amy and I were both pretty banged up and Kiki complained of the scratches ;P

-MarLeahJoy

btw - I have like sooooo many things to post on the blog, so be expecting a lot of posts this week!